07/02/15 12:13pm

A-PACE Endorses Booz for Alexandria School Board District B

Booz Teacher Endorement Press ReleaseThe Alexandria Political Action Committee for Education (A-PACE) has endorsed School Board District B incumbent candidate Kelly Carmichael Booz for a second term. Booz received this endorsement for her strong leadership on issues important to Alexandria’s teachers and students. She has more than a decade of experience working with public school students, teachers, and administrators in Alexandria and throughout Virginia.

A-PACE is the premiere political action group for education issues in Alexandria and is an arm of the Education Association of Alexandria (EAA) Teachers’ Association.

“We endorsed Kelly for a second term because she has demonstrated leadership fighting for the needs of our teachers and Education Support Professionals (ESPs) in Alexandria,” said Dawn Lucas, President of the EAA. “As an educator, she understands the value that teachers and ESPs bring to improving the lives of students. At board meetings, she not only actively inquires about student impact and achievement, but also teacher and ESP impact when making policy decisions.”

“As an educator, school board member and wife of a high school teacher, I am honored and humbled to accept the endorsement of A-PACE and all those who work on the front lines with our students,” said Booz. “We are seeing great momentum in Alexandria Public Schools and that momentum starts with our teachers and education support professionals.”

Booz currently serves on the Alexandria Redistricting Steering Committee and on the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee after being appointed by Governor McAuliffe last year. Booz previously served on the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Committee, Youth Sports Committee and as Chair for an ad hoc Community Engagement Committee.

Booz works for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as the Partnership Development Lead for Sharemylesson.com, which provides free and quality teacher resources and professional development. Booz previously served as the Director of Civic Education at the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier and as an educator leading civics and government classes for middle and high school students at the Close Up Foundation, a non-partisan organization headquartered in Alexandria.

Booz and her husband, a 15-year public high school teacher, reside in the Taylor Run neighborhood with their daughter, Madeline. Booz graduated from elementary and secondary public schools, received a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia and a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Booz is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

For more information about Kelly Carmichael Booz, visit this link.

07/02/15 10:18am

The City’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services began work to pave sections of Holmes Run Trail (between Duke and Ripley Streets and near Tarleton Park), Taney Avenue Path (between Raleigh and N. Gordon Streets), and the Mt. Vernon Trail (between First and Pendleton Streets), weather permitting.

Bicyclists and pedestrians should expect minor daytime lane delays and closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For additional information about schedule, small paving and trail resurfacing projects visit this link or contact Hillary Poole at 703.746.4017.

(Flickr Pool photo by Elvert Barnes, on Flickr)

07/02/15 9:51am

608For the fourth year in a row, Hooray for Books!, a fantastic independent book store in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is sponsoring a city-wide Where’s Waldo? scavenger hunt! Waldo will be hiding out in stores around Alexandria this year. Can you find him?

Here’s how you can join in on the fun:

  • Pick up a Waldo Passport at the front desk (They are located at 1555 King Street in Alexandria.).
  • Find the hidden Waldo cutout at 27 businesses in Old Town, and get a stamp (or signature) on your passport for each one!
  • you get a stamp from every participating business;
    (10 stamps = a $1 gift certificate for Waldo books, a sticker, and a button;)
    (25 stamps = entry into a raffle to win ALL Waldo books)

Then, join them on Friday, July 31st, 5:00-6:00 pm for a Waldo party!

Follow them on Twitter for Waldo clues and updates! Use the hashtag #WheresWaldoAlexandria with your own Waldo-related musings!

Questions? Call the store at (703) 548-4092 or email them at this link.

07/02/15 9:37am

Allison Silberberg
Not all Democrats believe in the unified theme Ms. Silberberg speaks of below though (See this link as well). Am I wrong? What do you say readers?

Via email

Dear Friends,

As we approach the 4th of July weekend, I always feel that this is a time to come together as a nation, where we gather with friends and neighbors and celebrate the birth of our nation.

This is also a time for our community to come together.

So I wanted to write a personal note to thank everyone and to look ahead to the coming months.

First, I want to say how touched I am by everyone’s support and help through these recent months. We did this together! All of us. And together, we made a significant difference for the sake of our beloved city.

I am honored by the outcome of June 9th and to be the Democratic nominee for Mayor. Please know that I am deeply grateful to each of you for all you have done and are doing.

Our campaign has been a fearless, all-volunteer, grassroots effort from the get-go. The Allison Brigade is phenomenal and continues to grow. What a team effort we have had all across our great city.

From the Yard Sign Team, to the Meet & Greet Team, to the Precinct Team, and all the volunteers on the Outreach Team, the Parkfairfax Brigade, as well as those in charge of each of the teams, and all those who hosted a Meet & Greet and all our generous donors — my heartfelt thanks! It has been meaningful and energizing, not to mention fun. And it will continue to be meaningful, energizing, and fun.

From the beginning of the campaign, I put forward a vision, and this has now become our shared vision. I stated that we would run a positive campaign with a message focused on thoughtful, appropriate development, rebuilding the trust, and transparency. And we have. I am proud of our positive campaign. And we will continue to run a positive campaign.

We had a fantastic “Thank You Party” at Los Tios on June 14th. My thanks to Los Tios and all who joined us.

As I stated at the party, our campaign is full steam ahead, and has not stopped for one minute since our Tuesday night victory. It is incredible how many volunteers have come forward since that memorable night of June 9th. We won precincts across the city, and I am grateful for each vote.

Now it is onto November 3rd. Our campaign is ongoing all the way to that momentous date, and once again, I ask for your belief, friendship, and help as we march forward now and in the fall. The same energy is needed.

I hope you all have had a chance to catch your breath these past few weeks. We will be going door to door, listening, and getting our message out as we have done consistently.

As I stated in the Alexandria Democratic Committee’s Unity Statement, I look forward to working with everyone as we march forward toward November’s General Election as a unified party and a unified city. I am honored to be the top of the Democratic ticket and to join forces with the slate: Will Bailey, John Taylor Chapman, Tim Lovain, Del Pepper, Paul Smedberg, and Justin Wilson. The ADC is already working on the Joint Campaign effort, and I thank the ADC.

My heartfelt thanks to one and all once again.

I continue to savor all the emails, letters, and messages you have sent me. Well over 2,000 emails. I am answering them as best as I can. Please know that I appreciate your thoughtfulness, friendship, and generosity.

(Flickr Pool photo by Wayne Hulehan, on Flickr)

07/02/15 9:25am

Bradlee Medical Building in Alexandria, Virginia has commercial office space for lease at an affordable price
As the report notes, the vast majority of leases that have been signed are within a half mile of a Metro stop.

Via GlobeSt.com

Leasing activity in the Washington DC area has risen 16% year to date, according to new figures set to be released by JLL. Small and mid-sized deals in Class B and Class C buildings have been driving a great deal of the activity, according to JLL’s Office Insight Report for Q2 2015.

Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia each recorded positive leasing growth — the first time that has happened in over a year and a half. There were total occupancy gains of 1.1 million square feet during the second quarter, activity that marked the strongest expansion in the area’s office market since the fourth quarter of 2010.

Nonprofits, associations, startups and creative companies were behind much of the activity, JLL says.

Read more at this link.